Lyam Thorpe bags four tries in victory over rivals
Fakenham seconds responded to controversy in the best possible fashion as they defeated Holt thirds 42-19 in the Norfolk Intermediate Cup.
Following the club's exclusion from Eastern Counties League 3N for not fulfilling sufficient fixtures, Fakenham had something to prove in this cup clash against their long-time rivals.
The game started with real pace right from the whistle and soon saw Fakenham’s Damon Howick make a clean break.
He dummied past two defenders and crashed over to score with three players hanging on his back, but the try was not converted.
Fakenham continued to show good ball movement, especially from Josh Sperring and Rory Singleton which kept the pressure on the Holt side with play well in their half.
With the exception of one fantastic break by the Holt No 8, the visitors took 20 minutes to worry the Fakenham half of the pitch. Strong tackling repulsed the Holt attacks on the occasions they got into the home side's half.
Scrums were beginning to go Fakenham’s way with good work from Eladio Ribeiro and Ashley Steward and from one of these scrums the ball was whisked out to Jack Whiteside. who, coming from full back, ran a mazy 50 metres to score.
From the resulting kick-off Holt worked their way down to the Fakenham five-metre line where they tried to maul over from a lineout but some powerful play by Toby Kent and Paul Ruston drove them into touch.
However, Holt were not to be denied as a better organised maul produced a converted try a minute later.
The last ten minutes of the first half saw the game totally taken away from Holt with three unanswered tries by the now rampant Fakenham side.
Lyam Thorpe scored his first of four tries after good work from Brandon Fairbrother.
Damon Howick went over for his second following some flowing rugby that involved the ever-present Colm Hunt.
To seal the half, a chip ahead and score by Thorpe saw the whistle blow with Fakenham leading 25-7, although it could have easily been a lot more as all of the conversions were missed.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was even before the Holt defence was eventually broken by another try for Thorpe.
In response, Holt fought back through their forwards who were finally successful and awarded a converted try.
Paul Ruston then stole a Holt lineout, the ball was moved swiftly to Ashley Steward who made a fine break only to be hauled down just short of the line but he popped the ball out to Thorpe who scored his fourth try of the afternoon.
Holt then struck back to score another well-worked try of their own but the final score of the game came from Fakenham’s hard-working Josh Gee who plucked up a loose ball and scorched the ground past four defenders to score.
The next problem for Fakenham will be finding fixtures to replace the ones cancelled by Eastern Counties in order to keep the team match fit for the rest of the season.
Tomorrow, Fakenham's first team plays host Holt in the Eastern Counties League.